Well, as fun as last night's game was to watch, this afternoon's was just the opposite. Joe Blanton needed only 88 pitches to throw a complete game shutout in a 4-0 Philadelphia victory over Atlanta.
Philadelphia got things going in the first, scoring the first run of the game thanks to a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. That would be all the Phillies would get off of Braves starter Randall Delgado until the seventh inning.
In the seventh, Delgado left a curveball out over the plate to Laynce Nix, who crushed it to dead center for a solo home run. That made it a 2-0 game.
Delgado left after the eighth, but he did pitch quite well despite the loss. He finished with a line of 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, and 5 K's.
As well as he pitched, he couldn't match Blanton, who didn't a walk a single batter and enjoyed the fact that Atlanta had a hard time making hard contact against his pitches.
The Phillies tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth with a two-run home run off the bat of Shane Victorino against Livan Hernandez. That ended the scoring and made the Braves deficit 4-0.
Blanton finshed things off in the ninth, ending with a line of 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K's. Just wasn't Atlanta's day.